China's Latest Supercomputer is using Home Grown Chips

Details are emerging of China's latest Super computer, called the Sunway BlueLight MPP. It was installed on September at the National Supercomputer Center in Jinan, China. It will use in part 8,700 ShenWei SW1600 chips.

The ShenWei SW1600 is the third generation CPU by Jiāngnán Computing Research Lab. It achieves 140 GFLOPS floating point performance from its 16 cores RISC architecture. The CPU is a national key collaborative laboratory project by Jiāngnán Computing Research Lab and High Performance Services & Storage Technologies.

In addition the Sunway installation uses a sophisticated water-cooling system.